Sermo, Hobson Homer Twice, Washington Goes Deep Three Times, Milkmen Sweep
American Association Daily provides insights, features, and recaps of the action from around the American Association of Professional Baseball League, as well as player and coaching profiles and transactions. In today’s edition, Robert Pannier recaps a busy Saturday in the American Association as the David Washington homers in both games of the Milwaukee Milkmen’s double-header sweep, and K.C. Hobson and Jose Sermo each hit a pair of homeruns.
Washington Leads Milkmen Double-Header Sweep
David Washington homered in both contests as the Milwaukee Milkmen swept as the Winnipeg Goldeyes in a double-header. Washington was a one-man wrecking crew in Game 1, going 4-4 with a pair of homeruns. He drove in five in the contest. The Milkmen lead by three entering the fourth, but a five-run frame helped them blow out Winnipeg, 9-2. Adam Brett Walker went 3-4 with his fourth homer of the year and David Holmberg tossed six outstanding innings for his second victory of the season.
Logan Hill had two hits for the Goldeyes. Raul Navarro had the only RBI of the game.
In the second contest, Washington proved to be the nemesis for Winnipeg once again, going 4-6 with his third homerun of the day. Walker went 2-6, hitting his fifth homer of the season and drove in three runs.
The Milkmen scored three runs in the top of the first-inning on a two-run homer by Walker and an RBI single from Aaron Hill. Winnipeg battled back with three runs in the bottom of the sixth behind a base hit by Hill and a two-run single by Dakota Conners. That forced extra innings where Milwaukee would win it in the 11th. Walker gave his team to lead with an RBI double and Washington sealed the victory with a two-run homer. Zach Hartman earned his second victory of the season with a scoreless inning of relief.
Winnipeg got two hits from Tyler Hill, Kyle Martin, and Max Murphy. Cory Thompson cost for outstanding innings in relief, giving up no runs while striking out six.
Canaries, Apollos Split Double-Header
The Houston Apollos held a five-run lead heading into the bottom of the fifth, then watched Sioux Falls rally for seven runs over the final three innings but were able to hold on for the 12-11 victory to help earn a split of their double-header. Alvaro Gonzalez had a huge game for the Apollos, going 2-5 with four runs driven in. He also hit his third homerun of the season. Houston set a season-high with 12 runs scored and 15 hits.
That ruined the big day by Logan Landon, who went 2-5 with three runs driven in. Mike Hart also had a huge day for the Canaries, going 2-5 with two runs scored, two RBI, and his sixth homer of the year.
In the opening contest, Trey Michalczewski homered and drove in five runs to lead Sioux Falls to a 15-3 crushing of Houston. A six-run second inning put the Canaries on top, and they would score nine runs over the next three innings. Shamoy Christopher also had a big day, going 2-4 with four runs driven in. Mitch Glasser and Zane Gurwitz each had two hits and scored three runs.
Taylor Zuetenhorst had the big bat for Houston, going 2-3 with two runs driven in. He hit his second homerun of the season and Ramon Villa also went deep for the Apollos.
Monarchs Rally to Down Railroaders
The Kansas City Monarchs scored five runs in the top of the third inning, but watched Cleburne rally over the next four frames to take a 7-5 lead. However, Kansas City scored a run in the seventh and one in the ninth to force extra innings before putting up four runs in the top of the 10th on their way to an 11-7 victory. The Monarchs victory was led by four home runs, including the fourth of the season by Jan Hernandez. Carlos Diaz earned the victory with a scoreless inning early.
Alay Lago and Zach Nehrir each went 3-4 for Cleburne. Lago drove in a pair of runs. Noah Vaughan hit his second homer of the season and drove in three for Cleburne.
RailCats Down Dogs
The Gary SouthShore RailCats put up three runs in the first and fifth in a pair of runs in the seventh and eighth on their way to a 10-5 victory over the Chicago Dogs. Hayden Schilling led Gary with three runs driven in and Trevor Lubking earned the victory with 5.1 solid innings. Nolan Clenney came on in the eighth and retired the final four batters, all on strikeouts for his second save of the season.
That ruined a big day for K.C. Hobson, who homered twice and drove in three runs. Anfernee Grier went 2-5 with a run and an RBI. Jonathan Crawford started for Chicago but came out after walking five of the first six batters he faced.
McGovern Dominates in RedHawks Victory
Kevin McGovern continues his impressive start, allowing one run on three hits in earning his second complete-game of the season as the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks defeated the Kane County Cougars, 5-1. McGovern earned his fourth victory, striking out 10. John Silviano had another big day, going 3-4 with two runs scored. Dylan Kelly drove in a pair of runs.
Gavin LaValley drove in the only run for Kane County, hitting his first homerun of the season.
Sermo Homers Twice to Propel Explorers
José Sermo homered twice and drove in five runs to lead the Sioux City Explorers to a 9-6 victory over the Lincoln Saltdogs. Sioux City trailed 4-1 entering the bottom of the fourth, but a two-run homer by Sermo and an RBI single from Chase Harris tied the score. An inning later, Sermo gave his team the lead with a three-run homer and Sebastian Zawada followed with a solo shot. Jared Walker scored three runs for the Explorers.
Forrestt Allday had a big day for Lincoln, going 2-2 with three RBI, a homer, and two walks. Ryan Long also went deep for the Saltdogs as part of a two hit performance.
Three Stars of the Night
No. 3 – K.C. Hobson (Chicago Dogs) 3-5, 3 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI
No. 2 – José Sermo (Sioux City Explorers) 2-2, 3 R, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 2 BB, SB
No. 1 – David Washington (Milwaukee Milkmen) 8-10, 3 R, 7 RBI, 3 HR, Double
American Association Daily Notes
Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks left-hander Kevin McGovern earned his fourth victory of the season on Saturday. That leads the American Association. McGovern leads the American Association in strikeouts (37), innings pitched (32.0) and complete games (2)…RedHawks Manuel Boscan saw his 10-game hitting streak come to an end on Saturday…The Monarchs Jan Hernandez extended his hitting streak to 11, tied with Railroaders Alay Lago for the longest in the American Association this year… Cleburne RHP Michael Mariot had his contract purchased Cincinnati Reds. This came after earning PURE Performance Pitcher of the Week honors… Explorers IF Jared Walker has reached base in 16 consecutive games, tying him with Chicago OF Brennan Metzger for the longest such streak.
Cleburne: Reinstated INF Ozzie Martinez to the active roster; Placed RHP Cody White on the Inactive List retroactive to May 28; Signed C Milton Perez
Fargo-Moorhead: Activated OF Alex Boxwell from the Injured List
Kane County: Placed RHP Tyler Viza on the inactive list retroactive to May 24; Signed LHP Koby Bishop
Sioux City: Activated INF Chris Clare from the Injured List
Sioux Falls: Signed INF Zane Gurwitz
Winnipeg: Signed C Sonny Ulliana and RHP Mike Webb
By Robert Pannier